The beauty sample box subscription craze has exploded all over the world. What started off as a really simple idea (and probably dismissed by so many) has turned into big business with women embracing this new beauty service. I for one am a huge fan and think it is a genius idea that I wish I had come up with myself.
We only have a few more days until Christmas and that means your chances of finding a present, getting it and having it under the tree in time is fading fast. That is why today I am going to give you a breakdown of all the beauty sample box subscription services you can take advantage of. Why? Because it is the PERFECT Christmas gift.
What Is A Beauty Sample Box Subscription Service?
If you haven’t heard of them yet, don’t worry, it is still pretty early days and in my opinion they are only just starting to hit their stride. Back in the day a magazine subscription was THE gift idea. You would pay a lump some and for the following 6 or 12 months your gift recipient would be delivered their magazine, every month, right to their door. Then came along Fruit Of The Month and Wine Of The Month subscriptions ….. another great idea that would see your loved one receive a beautiful gift each month. Now it is all about beauty sample boxes.
The idea behind a beauty sample box is to have a personalised selection of beauty products delivered to you door every month. You get to try the latest and greatest products, and often save a fortune as the items you receive usually far outweigh the price you pay for the subscription. Of course this service is not limited to gifting only. It is ideal if you are on a tight budget or maybe just need a helping hand in trying new things. Either way, these services can work for woman of all ages.
Most of the services work the same way and cost about the same, so picking the right one for you may just come down to the brands they have. The below breakdowns will help you to find what suits you or that special person.
Today I am focusing on the Australian services. I will be bringing you the USA and UK very soon!
The Glossybox service gives you a mix of 5 deluxe samples and miniature products from well known local and international brands.
Price: $14.95 per month (including delivery)
Brands: Bobbi Brown, Essie, Calvin Klein Fragrances, Australis Cosmetics, Bio-Oil, Biotherm, Clinique, Garnier, Illamasqua, Jurlique, John Frieda, Sally Hansen, Shiseido, Shu Uemera, Thalgo, YSL, Gorgeous Cosmetics, Carmex, Tigi.
Packaging: A soft pink hard board box with the goods wrapped in tissue paper and a ribbon. Great for reusing as storage or as gift packaging as only the Glossybox logo (which looks like a cute little crown) is printed on the outside.
Special Offers: Glossybox have a new competition running, subscribe before January 13, 2012 and you could win a Golden Glossy Charm, a 9-carat gold charm valued at a whopping AUS $750.
I Love This Box
I Love This Box offers 4-5 small size luxury beauty products from local and international brands.
Price: $14.95 per month or $164 annual membership (including delivery)
Brands: Nvey Eco, Pod, Ahava, Magnolia Silver Jewellery, Elizabeth Arden, Essie, Caudalie, Decleor, Elixir, Revlon, Smashbox, Lancôme, Chanel, Soy Lites.
Packaging: A branded white hard board box with the goods wrapped in tissue paper. Great for reusing as storage.
Special Offers: Sign up for a yearly membership at $164, and you only pay for 11 months.
I Love This Box
Lust Have It!
Lust Have It! deliver 5-6 premium size beauty and skincare samples each month.
Price: $14.95 per month or $160 annual membership (including delivery)
Brands: Kosmea, Evo, Moxie, Glasshouse Fragrances, Nude By Nature, Roc, MD Formulations, Decleor, Lush, Taut, Laura Mercier, OPI, Keratase Paris, Burt’s Bees, Dermalogica, Lancome, Naked Tan, Mirenesse, Urban Ritualle, Bio Effect.
Packaging: A branded eco-friendly white cardboard box with tissue paper wrapping. Great for those who don’t wish to keep boxes.
Special Offers: 6 month subscriptions are now available for $89.
Lust Have It!
From Bellabox you will receive 5 generous sized beauty product samples each month from boutique and cult brands.
Price: $15 per month or $165 annual membership (including delivery)
Brands: A’Kin, Alpha-H, American Crew, Batiste Dry Shampoo, Avene, Elemis, Erborian, Eylure, Gatineau, Givenchy Parfums, Kenzo, Kosmea, Lancome, Milk & Co, Napoleon Perdis, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (OCC), Ozotic, Panda Pen, Savoir Fair, Wine Wipes.
Packaging: A branded tan and green hard board box with the goods wrapped in tissue paper. Great for reusing as storage.
Special Offers: Available in 3 month, 6 month and yearly membership packages. Buying an annual subscription at $165 gets you one month free.
Developed by the team behind Just Be magazine, you will receive 5 luxe beauty samples each month that have been featured in the magazine.
Price: $15 per month (including delivery)
Brands: A’kin, Imperial Leather, Narciso Rodriguez, Elizabeth Arden, Derma Research.
Packaging: Items come in a real basket. A cute and novel idea but also reusable for packaging other gifts.
Special Offers: Sign up for 3 months and receive a FREE 12 month subscription to Just Be magazine. Also available as a 6 month subscription.
Do you subscribe to any beauty sample boxes? What are your thoughts on this service as a gift idea? Let me know by commenting below!